News for Saturday, August 22, 2009

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Commentary: U.S. will flex muscle on Solheim Sunday

The U.S. is tied 8-8 with Europe at the Solheim Cup. The Americans will have to play well to win Sunday, but as Beth Ann Baldry writes, the team’s strength is just waiting to be unleashed.

B.J. Wie speaks

B.J. Wie rarely talks to the media. And by rarely I mean almost never gets quoted. He’ll exchange pleasantries about the weather, but isn’t interested in talking about his daughter.

Gulbis helped by TV mic

Natalie Gulbis just got a tremendous break in afternoon foursomes when her shot from under the trees on the sixth hole hit a boom mic and bounced back on the green. (The boom mic is that furry-looking thing that looks like a cat.)

The life of a Solheim Cup mom

How are the European moms handing this week? Maria Hjorth has her baby, Emily, staying with her parents.

Lang celebrates birthday at Solheim Cup

Brittany Lang didn’t realize how long the days would run at the Solheim Cup. The rookie is used to keeping to herself during tournament weeks, rarely going out to dinner with other players or leaving her hotel room, other than to hit the gym.

When I grow up I want Paula as my captain

A darling little fan today held up the sign of the week.

Creamer not happy riding the pine

Paula Creamer called sitting out this afternoon one of the hardest thing she’s ever done.

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U.S. rallies to tie Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup is coming down to the singles. The United States split the afternoon foursomes Saturday and head into Sunday’s singles tied.

Garcia shares lead at rainy Wyndham

Sergio Garcia and Chris Riley were both 13 under par through 10 holes to share the clubhouse lead Saturday night when play was stopped midway through the third round of the rain-plagued Wyndham Championship.

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Brad Bryant in control at Jeld-Wen Tradition

Brad Bryant shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a two-stroke advantage over Mike Reid into the final round of the Jeld-Wen Tradition.

Laura Davies . . . M.I.A.

History was made today at the Solheim Cup. Just not the sort of history one would have expected – the first day a Solheim Cup proceeded without Laura Davies.

Pressel vs. Pettersen: A mismatch

When they decided on which holes Morgan Pressel would drive, the Americans might not have realized the matchup they were getting in the second match of the afternoon foursomes. But when she stepped to the first tee, Pressel was involved in as big a mismatch in Solheim Cup history.

Storm stories from Wyndham

How bad is the second storm of the day here at the Wyndham Championship? Well, you may have seen the lights go off during David Feherty’s interview with Freddie Couples. But, for the record, the television in the media center also went down for a minute or so.

Ebb and flow of the Solheim Cup

Surely, you’ve heard a thousand analysts talk about the “ebb and flow” of match play. Heck, maybe a million analysts have talked about it.

Speed bumps at Solheim Cup

More speed bumps – er, make that slow-play bumps – here on Day 2 of the Solheim Cup.

Afternoon pairings on Day 2 at Solheim Cup

Pairings are out for the fourth session, Saturday’s foursomes, and the first thing that jumps out at you is this: Michelle Wie will play for the third time with a third different partner.

Who has the toughest job at the Solheim Cup?

Toughest job here at the Solheim Cup? It might belong to the man at the entrance who has to repeat every minute or so the list of items that spectators are prohibited from bringing in.

Wet one at Wyndham

Got to the Wydham Championship this morning only to find the big digital leaderboards announcing a 90-minute delay on all third-round tee times.